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August 2, 2018

Three Russian Journalists Killed While Investigating A Russian Paramilitary Organization


 The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) media-freedom representative says he is "deeply saddened and shocked" by the killing of three Russian journalists who were investigating the activities of a Russian paramilitary organization in the Central African Republic (CAR).
In a tweet on August 1, Harlem Desir offered his sympathies and condolences to the families and colleagues of Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko, who local authorities and the news organization they were reporting for said were ambushed and shot dead the previous day. Reporters Without Borders, meanwhile, condemned the killings "in the strongest terms" and urged "the CAR and Russian authorities to conduct a serious and thorough investigation."
Questions swirled along with grief and anger a day after the news of the deaths of the journalists, who were investigating a shadowy group that evidence indicates President Vladimir Putin's government has been using to fight battles abroad when it does not want to use the Russian military.
The online news organization Investigation Control Center (TsUR), funded by exiled Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said on Facebook on July 31 that the journalists were in the CAR to make a documentary film about ChVK Vagner, a private contractor employing hundreds of mercenaries that reportedly is funded by Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin and has carried out clandestine combat missions in eastern Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere.
Russian documentary filmmaker Aleksandr Rastorguyev had been a contributor to RFE/RL.
Russian documentary filmmaker Aleksandr Rastorguyev had been a contributor to RFE/RL.
Local and international media have reported that Vagner has been operating in the CAR since Russia delivered light arms to the country's security forces this year and deployed hundreds of military and civilian instructors to train them. Russian authorities have denied that the Vagner contractors are carrying out their orders.
Russian investigators said they have opened a criminal case to look into the deaths of the journalists. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on August 1 that the stated purpose of their visit to the CAR was tourism, seems to take them to task for allegedly misstating the intent of the trip.
That remark drew rare criticism of the ministry from a senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker. Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, wrote on Telegram that issues such as the purpose of the trip were "not very important now."
"What is important is that Russian citizens have been killed," he wrote. "Here we should follow the example of our 'strategic friends' from across the ocean: the United States does not leave the death of any of its citizens without consequences. No matter what country they were in and what political views they adhered to."
Henri Depele, the mayor of the town of Sibut, around 200 kilometers northeast of the capital, Bangui, said the journalists were killed late on July 30. Their driver survived the attack.
"According to the driver's explanations, when they were 23 kilometers from Sibut...armed men emerged from the bush and opened fire on the vehicle. The three journalists died instantly," Depele told Reuters.
A CAR government spokesman gave a somewhat different account on August 1, saying that the journalists had encountered about a dozen "turbaned gunmen" after being stopped at a checkpoint and venturing further despite being advised against it.
"When they resisted the theft of their vehicle, they were shot dead, while their driver was injured" but was able to flee, German news agency DPA quoted the spokesman, Ange Maxime Kazagui, as saying.
Other media reports quoted Kazagui as saying the assailants spoke Arabic rather than French or Sango, the national language of the country in which Muslims make up about 15 percent of the population of 5.6 million.
CAR has been plagued by violence, often fought along religious lines between predominantly Christian and Muslim militias, since a 2013 rebellion overthrew then-President Francois Bozize.
Most of the country is beyond the control of the Bangui government, and a 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission has struggled to keep a lid on the violence. 
TsUR's statement said the journalists flew to CAR on July 27 and that its last contact with them was late on July 29.
Anastasia Gorshkova, a deputy editor of the media outlet, told the Russian news network Dozhd that the journalists had tried to enter an estate where members of the security company reportedly stayed, but they were told that they needed accreditation from the CAR Defense Ministry.
An armed fighter belonging to the 3R rebel group displays his weapon in the town of Koui in the Central African Republic in 2017. The country has been riddled by violence since a 2013 rebellion overthrew then-President Francois Bozize.
An armed fighter belonging to the 3R rebel group displays his weapon in the town of Koui in the Central African Republic in 2017. The country has been riddled by violence since a 2013 rebellion overthrew then-President Francois Bozize.
On July 30, the journalists planned to meet with a local contact in the town of Bambari, 380 kilometers from Bangui, Gorshkova said. The road to Bambari runs through Sibut.
TsUR is financed by Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon who spent 10 years in prison following convictions in financial crimes trials supporters contend was a Kremlin-orchestrated campaign to seize his company's production assets and punish him for challenges to President Vladimir Putin.
He was pardoned by Putin, released, and flown out of Russia in 2010. He now lives in Europe.
TsUR has published a number of investigations alleging corruption by senior members of Putin's entourage. 
 Monument to the three journalists killed by the Russians.
Photographs of journalists Orkhan Dzhemal (right), Kirill Radchenko (center) and Aleksandr Rastorguyev are seen at a small memorial to the slain journalists outside the Central House of Journalists in Moscow.
 Khodorkovsky called the three journalists who were killed "brave men who were not prepared simply to collect documentary material but wanted to 'feel' it in the palms of their hands... Rest in peace."
Dzhemal, 51, was a respected Russian military correspondent who covered conflicts around the world. He was seriously injured in Libya in 2011 and published a book in 2008 giving a firsthand account of the five-day Russia-Georgia war.
Rastorguyev, 47, was a prominent documentary filmmaker and a contributor to RFE/RL. He was among the three directors of an award-winning 2013 film about leaders of the Russian opposition.
Radchenko, 33, started his career as a projectionist and had become a cameraman in recent years. 
With reporting by dpa, AP, Reuters, AFP, and The New York Times

Radio Free Europe

August 26, 2017

Global Journalists Interview First Openly Gay Comedian in Russian TV and Gays from Chechnya


 Over the past year, authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have reportedly arrested dozens of gay men, in some cases imprisoning them for weeks and torturing them with electric shocks.

Combined with a 2013 law banning what President Vladimir Putin's government called "homosexual propaganda," the Chechen crackdown seems to indicate that Russia is becoming increasingly homophobic even as LGBT rights are being strengthened in many other countries.
On this edition of Global Journalist: a look at gay rights in Russia, including an interview with the first openly gay comedian to appear on Russian television.

  • Pasha Zalutski, a Belarussian comedian who has appeared on Otkryti MikrofonI (Open Mic), a talent show on the Russian network THT.
  • Andrew Kramer, a Russia correspondent for the New York Times.
  • Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director at Human Rights Watch.
  • A spokeswoman for the Russian LGBT Network, a group helping gay men who were arrested in Chechnya. She asked that she not be identified for security reasons.
KBIA Live Radio

February 1, 2015

Marcia Henville, Activist, Journalist Burnt in Her Own Home in Trinidad


Voice cracking, an emotional Errol Fabien yesterday asked why no one went to help Marcia Henville when she was at death’s door at her home at Fidelis Heights, St Augustine. 

Bishop Dr David Ibeleme also said it was important for the society to “break the silence” on domestic violence other forms of abuse.

Both Fabien and Ibeleme made these comments at a celebration of the life of Henville at Holiness Revival Ministries, Woodbrook. 

Fabien said: “When she hear a cry she gone. That was Marcia. That is why I vex because Marcia Henville called for help. Marcia screamed. However and in that fancy Fidelis place where she was living nobody does go. When they hear her bawling out for help, no one went. 

Fabien added: “People in Baige Street, which is half mile away, them hear and they called St Joseph Police Station. If it was anybody else in Fidelis Heights getting that treatment, Marcia would have been in there at the front door. She would have said: “Hello, what is going on inside there. Nobody went to help Marcia.”

Fabien said it was important to honour Henville’s legacy by not turning a blind eye to people who needed help. 

He said: “We burying Marcia but Marcia not dead. We have to go when people in trouble. We have to go when people want help. What is going on in this country? This is not the country I know. And when I was a little boy in my village, if somebody wanted help, we would help. Help somebody. Stand up for somebody. When you look around, nobody behind you. Like we get shy, stupidee or gun shy in this country. That has to stop.”

Fabien said it was important to help without looking for anything in return. 

“We could see when people need help. Anybody could tell me what happen, How we get so stupidee. We cannot go when people need help. She must have that voice still in all of us. If we just bury Marcia, we will kill her. And we cannot kill Marcia Henville.” 

Fabien also saluted the staff at Simpson’s Funeral Home for the professional manner in which they had reconstructed her face. 

Pastor Ibeleme challenged the congregation to make a commitment to end domestic violence. Describing her as “real”, Ibeleme said: “God’s style of vengeance is to comfort the people that mourn. Use the stuff that she had accomplished to comfort and reign over death. Make a commitment to ensure that we close the door on domestic violence so the enemy called death cannot pass through the door. We must be committed to ensure it (abuse) will not happen under our watch.” 

Citing “Run Away”, the song by calypsonian Singing Francine, he said “Dog does run away/ Cat does run away/ Woman what happen to you? You could run away too.” 

He paid tribute to activist Verna St Rose for her advocacy against injustice and oppression in the society. 

By Michelle Loubon


Marcia Henville’s charred body was found early on Saturday morning in her bedroom after a fire at her Fidelis Heights home in St Augustine. The discovery was made by fire and police officers who responded to a report of a blaze at the house where 51-year-old Henville lived with her husband and two children. The children escaped unharmed. An autopsy performed Monday on Henville, host of TV6’s Point Blank, revealed she had sustained blunt force trauma to the back of the head, her throat was slit and she had multiple stab wounds to her back. Police said the main suspect in Henville’s killing was expected to be interviewed late Wednesday. Henville’s husband, who is a person of interest in the investigation, is currently warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, under police guard after suffering injuries from the same incident in which Henville was killed  

Weak Trini men kill, abuse women

 To tell how primitive a culture is, look at the way its men treat their women. 
It was on my first solo trip to Istanbul that this idea really took root. There, it was not just how I experienced the thrill of travelling alone as a woman or of being to a Muslim country, but observed the Turkish man’s innate claim to anything female. 
I was the most obvious tourist. Tanned skin and frizzy hair; exotica or more pejoratively, someone’s private zoo. The man’s curiosity for this non-Turkish woman compelled them to act in misogynist ways that were very different to what I knew. From yanking my hair in the Grand Bazaar, to ascribing chants “Miss Kenya!, Miss Morocco!, Tina Turner, come here!” My heart raced as I quickly tried to find my way of out the maze of shops, dizzying with Turkish teas, spices, and other ornaments. 
I suppose the difference between being ‘cat-called’ or as we know it “sooted” from our very own Trinidadian man, was that Turkey was new territory. I was now the outsider. I was not protected by that all too familiar security of belonging and neither was Marcia Henville. 
I speak from speculation. From the autopsy that proved Marcia was bludgeoned to seems her death was a crime of passion.  Man’s innate claim to a woman exceeds anything logical. Affairs of the heart drive us insane. 
But Marcia, may she rest in peace, is not our first...sadly neither would she be our last. In extreme cases, our Trinidadian men kill our women when they are rejected. Our Trinidadian men beat and abuse our women when they are insecure. Our Trinidadian men are weak.  
Frantz Fanon, speaking about the inhumane effects of oppression upon the colonial man and woman, says: “It is violence, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” It will only yield when we make these issues meaningful and conscious, when we write about them, speak about them, when we expose these issues that plague our society, that keep us stagnant, that keep us primitive. 
May your soul live on, Marcia. 
Melanie Jones
Department of Literary, Culture, and Communication Studies, UWI

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